Investigating fidelity of health behaviour change interventions in general practice

Taylor, C.A. (2012) Investigating fidelity of health behaviour change interventions in general practice. Unpublished PhD Thesis. Coventry: Coventry University Warwick University.

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The aims of this thesis are to investigate the factors influencing treatment fidelity of health behaviour change (HBC) interventions. The thesis will focus on HBC interventions delivered by practice nurses (PNs) and health care assistants (HCAs) to patients within general practice, although the findings will be explored within the context of the wider treatment fidelity literature. The thesis comprises five studies, focussed on exploring, enhancing and assessing fidelity of delivery and receipt of HBC interventions. Through developing an enhanced understanding of these areas of treatment fidelity, the thesis will also make recommendations for strategies to enhance and assess fidelity of delivery and receipt of future HBC interventions. Study one is a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies that explored the views and experiences of nurses who had delivered HBC interventions with a focus on how this can inform future delivery of HBC interventions. Study two is an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of PNs’/HCAs’ experiences of helping patients to change their health behaviours within the context of their routine care, and before and after delivery of an intervention to facilitate increased walking. Study three reports a quantitative assessment of delivery of intervention techniques to facilitate increased walking, as specified in an intervention protocol, by PNs/HCAs. Study four explores PNs’/HCAs’ views and experiences of the factors that influenced their delivery of the walking intervention. Study five investigates treatment receipt, by exploring patients’ understanding of, and experiences of receiving the walking intervention. The key findings from this research are that delivery and receipt of HBC interventions within general practice are influenced by a range of factors that include the providers’ confidence and skills, the patients’ expectations and/or engagement with the intervention and the general practice within which the intervention is delivered. A number of these factors are difficult to influence and so research teams need to develop a range of strategies to enhance delivery and receipt of HBC interventions. These may include appropriate preparation for providers to deliver the intervention, the provision of a simple intervention resource to support delivery of the intervention and the development of strategies to enhance patients’ understanding of intervention techniques


Item TypeThesis (PhD)
TitleInvestigating fidelity of health behaviour change interventions in general practice
Authors Taylor, C.A.
Library of Congress
Subject Headings
Health behavior
Behavior modification
Nurse-patient relations
Family medicine -- Research
Departments Faculty of Health and Life Sciences/Health and Lifestyles Intervention Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Additional InformationAppendix 2 has been removed as this is a published paper. The unabridged version of the thesis can be viewed at the Lanchester Library, Coventry University
Deposited on 10-Feb-2015 in Research - Coventry.
Last modified on 13-May-2016